MyBB Documentation

UTF-8 Setup

UTF-8 has rapidly become the web standard for character encoding, supporting the character sets of many languages, emojis, and more. MyBB features a set of UTF-8 tools to help administrators convert their current encodings over to UTF-8. However, before you can use these tools we need to make a change to ./inc/config.php.

Please note that once you’ve converted to UTF-8 there is no supported way to undo this process.

The following change needs to be made in inc/config.php. Download the file from the server and open it in an appropriate text editor, or you edit it on-server if you have the means to do so.

  1. Look for the following lines in inc/config.php:

    * Database Encoding
    *  If you wish to set an encoding for MyBB uncomment
    *  the line below (if it isn't already) and change
    *  the current value to the mysql charset:
    // $config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';
  2. Replace the following:

    // $config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';


    $config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';

Save the file and upload it to your server, replacing the old inc/config.php. Now that’s done, you can continue to run the UTF-8 tools in the ACP.

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